Annual Report to Congress on the Status of U.S. Fisheries


The 2012 Annual Report on the Status of U.S. Fisheries highlights the progress that collectively, NOAA Fisheries, the regional fishery management councils, and our stakeholders have made to end overfishing and rebuild stocks. The report documents additional progress towards long-term economic sustainability of our nation’s fisheries. Recent economic data illustrates that the overall seafood industry and recreational fishing continue to generate significant sales impacts and income impacts while also supporting jobs.

About the Report
This annual report provides a ‘snapshot’ in time of the status of U.S. fisheries at the end of 2012.

  • Status of Stocks 2012 Report
  • Additional details on managed stocks and past annual reports


Highlighting Continued Success
In 2012, as a result of the science-based management of U.S. fisheries, the status of our nation’s marine fish stocks continues to improve. In general, in 2012 we increased the overall percentage of stocks not listed on the overfishing or overfished lists:

  • Ten stocks were removed from the overfishing list.
  • Four stocks were removed from the overfished list.

In addition, six stocks were declared rebuilt in 2012—bringing the total number of rebuilt stocks to 32 since 2000. The graphic below illustrates the improvements made in 2012.

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